Jennifer Simonds was lying over her six kindergarten students when a car fell on them. Her arm was crushed, and a boy broke his hand.
But they all were able to walk away from Plaza Towers Elementary, which was left in a pile of rubble after a tornado demolished it Monday afternoon.
Thursday morning was the first time she had the chance to see her students since then.
“It's amazing,” the second-year teacher said. “I hope it's been good for them. It's been good for me, because it's been a rough couple days.”
Children from Plaza Towers Elementary gathered to say goodbye to their teachers and their friends at Eastlake Elementary, a nearby school that offered its extra space.
Students at Briarwood Elementary met at nearby Wayland Bonds to do the same. Friday, students from Highland East Junior High will get together at Moore High School.
The gatherings were a time to say goodbye and a time to celebrate survival.
Matthew Shippers brought his son, Kaden, a kindergartner in Simonds's class.
“I wanted to thank the woman who saved my son's life,” Shippers said.
Kaden Shippers held up a tan cast wrapped around his arm.